Town Crier: End of an era but exciting times ahead

Yvonne Jaques in her Messerschmitt.
Yvonne Jaques in her Messerschmitt.
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It’s been a feature of Morecambe’s skyline for many years.

The iconic Broadway Hotel, once a hub of Morecambe’s former booming entertainment scene, once boasted five bars and attracted well-known acts such as Tom O’Connor and Bernard Manning.

Known for its curving art-deco style architecture, the building faces right across Morecambe Bay and once epitomised seaside entertainment.

But the end of an era is nigh, with hoarding up ready for the bulldozers to raze it to the ground. A very sad sight indeed. But there are new beginnings, with a new retirement flat development due to echo the building’s art deco design. But if you want a final look before it is resigned to history, you need to go right now.

Great news to see so many Morecambe and Lancaster tourism destinations and events given the nod on the shortlist for the Lancashire tourism awards.

With 24 venues, events and attractions nominated - it gives a real feeling of positivity to the area.

But it is not without mixed feelings that we welcome the accolades. With news that a line has been drawn under the resort’s Tutti Frutti Festival due to lack of funding, we must acknowledge that the area’s scene is changing and evolving - and not always the way everyone would like.

Lets hope the town council’s new Dragon’s Den approach to funding bids works out.

The Midland hotel is up for two gongs and the Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea festival has also been nominated.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 6 at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The full list of nominations are:

B&B Guest Accommodation Award: The Borough, Lancaster; The Castle Inn, Hornby; Wagon & Horses, Lancaster

Holiday Park/Holiday Village Award: Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth

Large Hotel Award: Holiday Inn Lancaster; Lancaster House Hotel; The Midland, Morecambe

Wedding Venue Award: Ashton Hall, Lancaster; The Midland, Morecambe

Taste Lancashire Award: The Castle Inn, Hornby

Retail Experience Award: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

Tourism Event of the Year Award: Lancaster Music Festival; Light up Lancaster; Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe

Small Visitor Attraction Award: Carnforth Station Heritage Centre; Leighton Hall

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award: The Dukes

Sustainable Tourism Award: Holiday Inn Lancaster; Lancaster House Hotel

Best Visitor Experience of the Year Award: Bay Sea School, Morecambe

Customer Service Award: Ashton Hall, Lancaster; Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centre Team

New Business Award: The Fenwick, Lancaster